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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Photo Guide
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589234227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589234222
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kistler, Vivian Carli. The Complete Photo Guide to Framing and Displaying Artwork. Creative Pub: Quayside. 2009. c.192p. illus. index. ISBN 978-1-58923-422-2. pap. $24.99. ART INSTRUCTION

Framing can potentially enhance a work of art or destroy an artist’s intentions. Kistler, a leading framing expert and author of numerous books and articles on the subject, teaches the do-it-yourselfer to frame like a pro. Hundreds of photos illustrate conservation matting, working with premade elements or frame-building from scratch, glazing, and hanging. -- Library Journal, July 2009

About the Author

Vivian Carli Kistler is a leading picture framing expert and in worldwide demand. She owned and operated a large retail gallery and frame shop for over twenty years. Vivian is the author of numerous books and videos, including the seven-volume Library of Professional Picture Framing. Her monthly articles appear in Art World News, Picture Framing Magazine and Profile magazine.


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It truly does cover everything!
Marie Rhodes
I would recommend this to anyone like me who is a beginner wanting to know how to frame your pictures or art work.
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It was easy to read and good illustrations was given for you to understand better.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Bobby (in Maryland) on February 27, 2010
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My hobby is photography, and while I buy frames, I have been cutting mats and putting my photos in store-bought frames for about two years. I found information in this book that was useful and practical -- such as "The Sandwich Fit" technique on page 112 -- which can save someone a lot of time and aggravation. Clearly the author knows the practical problems involved in the process of matting art and getting it into a frame -- and makes helpful suggestions for doing so. Photos in the book helped me understand the information the author provided to the reader.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. Wheel on March 15, 2010
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We do all of the matting work ourselves and after going thru the book, I realize quite a few mistakes we have made. It is a very thick book, easy to understand and we hope to correct our work on the pieces that we value. For us, it was money well spent.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Brian Valente on July 9, 2009
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I am a photographer looking to better understand how to matte and frame (though I'm not interested in building my own frames). I found this book extremely helpful and informative, without being cryptic or outdated. Very modern.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lillian G. Silva on November 8, 2011
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I absolutely love this Guide. I have not tried all the projects because I am just starting to frame some of my own photos, but the book is excellent with great instructions and illustrations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CH reviewer on December 27, 2012
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If you have framing experience, this book won't tell you much you don't already know. If you are new to framing, this is a good overview with excellent photos.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle Dillin on March 29, 2011
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I HAVE ONE HALL WALL I USE FOR GRANDDAUGHTERS RECITAL PICTURES. AND HAVING THIS BOOK WITH SO MUCH HELPFUL INFORMATION IS GREAT. I NEVER KNEW HOW TO MAT A PICTURE NOW MY PICTURES REALLY STAND OUT.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marie Rhodes on February 6, 2013
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Vivian Kistler books can be relied upon, and are the point of reference for a great quantity of professional framers - and this book is no exception. The instructions are clear and easy to understand, there is amble images to work from and she passes on a myriad of Framers Tips that shall make your job simpler.

I purchased this book to keep at my frameshop counter, as a reference book to show customers, various styles or methods that we can use to frame their work. It truly does cover everything!

I confidently recommend this book to anyone wanting a complete compendium on Picture Framing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas T. Fox on August 24, 2013
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Quite a comprehensive introduction to framing that goes on to cover more complex and challenging aspects of framing paintings on fabric to 3D objects. Equipment required for creating mat cutouts for you pictures is well covered and explained pretty well. I don't know if you could call this the definitive framing publication, but it's a pretty good starter for beginners, such as myself, and should enthuse you to delve deeper into the creation of your own frames. I think that the chapter on frame styles for various artworks is important, though perhaps a bit light, as it's an important consideration when you're trying to determine the look of your artwork as some frames just don't look right for certain images. Overall it's a very good and quite readable book and I'd thoroughly recommend it. Given a bit more technical detail I'd have given this 5 stars and my rating of 4 stars should be read as 4+.
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